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Anthony returns with a flourish for Nuggets

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, 15, drives past New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler, left, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' game at M...

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, 15, drives past New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler, left, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' game at M...

Carmelo Anthony made a triumphant return from injury Sunday, scoring 32 points in Denver's 117-110 National Basketball Association victory over the New York Knicks.
JR Smith added 16 points and Chauncey Billups chipped in 14 for the Nuggets, who improved to 20-11 and equaled the second-best 31-game start in franchise history and reached 20 wins before January for the third time.
Before sitting out a home-and-home series with Portland and Friday's win over Philadelphia, two-time All-Star Anthoy had shot 8-of-27, but in this one, his shooting was vastly improved.
Anthony shot 13-of-19 and the Nuggets were 45-of-79 (57 percent).
After taking a four-point lead into the fourth on Smith's 3-pointer to end the third, Denver allowed the Knicks to take a 106-105 lead on a pair of free throws by Chris Duhon with 4:43 to play.
Denver regained the lead as Anthony hit three jump shots sandwiched around Billups' 3-pointer in just over two minutes.
Denver sealed the win when Anthony found Nene for a dunk with just over a minute left.
In other NBA action on Sunday: Dallas 98, LA Clippers 76; New Orleans 105, Indiana 103; Cleveland 93, Miami 86; Boston 108, Sacramento 63; LA Lakers 130, Golden State 113


Updated : 2021-02-27 11:20 GMT+08:00